#29 PLAYERS AND PAWNS (2 OF 5)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: May 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 29
Barrel Roll makes his escape after stealing Cobra data information. Destro puts his plan into action. Recondo, Rip Cord, Tunnel Rat, Low Light, and Dart continue there mission in Sierra Gordo.
Notes of Interest
Joes - Barrel Roll, Barbecue, Clutch, Dart, Dial Tone, Firewall, Flint, Hacker, Hawk, Lady-Jaye, Lightfoot, Low Light, Rip Cord, Recondo, Tunnel Rat, Zap
Cobra - Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Tomax, Xamot Cobra troops - Vipers, Crimson Guard, Tele Vipers
Additional characters - Alexander Destro, Lillian, Jesus Delacruz (Sierra Gordo President), Martina (Delacruz assistant), Guillermo (Invader leader), Hector (WNN news reporter).
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
Colors: Brett R. Smith,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Production Assistance: Sean Dove,
Miltary Consultation: Andrew Swenson
Cover: Tim Seeley, Andrew Pepoy, & Val Staples,
Hawk and Lady Jaye are pulled from the wreckage of the news building they were leaving when Cobra blew it up. Clutch, Zap, Light Foot, and Barbecue are all assisting in the aftermath of the explosion. Hawk sees the attempt as a warning that Cobra is going to be on the move. Lady Jaye sets up a cover story to prevent the nation from knowing that Cobra blew up the building.
Destro, with assistance from his son Alexander, and his girlfriend Lillian are forced to step up there plan since Cobra Commander's return.
President Jesus Delacruz of Sierra Gordo and his assistant Martina receive the phone call they have been waiting for. On the other end is Guillermo, the leader of the invading high tech force that has brought lots of death and destruction to Sierra Gordo. There is an off page voice that tells Guillermo that he will be rewarded for his cooperation. Elsewhere in Sierra Gordo, Rip Cord, Tunnel Rat, Low Light, Dart, and field commander Recondo are observing the recent activities of the invading army.
Back on Cobra Island, a major "I'm Back" speech by Cobra Commander is being given. Barrel Roll who has been undercover as a Raptor Viper, sneaks into a communication computer terminal room. In The Pit, Hacker, Firewall and Dial Tone are assisting him. A random patrol by the Tele Vipers interrupts Barrel Roll. His cover is blown. He begins his escape which involves a run in with Tomax and Xamot and their Crimson guard. He makes his way to the same balcony that Serpentor fell off. Barrel Roll jumps off and parachutes to safety, where he recovers a hidden jet-ski for his escape. At the last moment, Barrel Roll has a gun placed to his head threatening him and commanding him to take the gun holder off the island.
To stop the invasion of Sierra Gordo, President Delacruz cuts a deal with Destro. Destro has shown up to offer support to Delacruz cause the United States military is stretched to thin and refuses to help. The deal is Destro's military force drives out the high tech invaders and in return Destro is allowed to develop factories for his M.A.R.S. weapon company.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen